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The art of Hildegard of Bingen – Curious Christian – Christian Article

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard’s most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias (“Know the Ways”), Liber Vitae Meritorum (“Book of the Rewards of Life”); and Liber Divinorum Operum (“Book of Divine Works”). In these works, Hildegard first describes each vision, whose details are often strange and enigmatic,…

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the Year of Play – Lucy Mills – Christian Article

I have long known what my ‘one word’ for this year would be. Last year was a year of silence as far as this blog was concerned, although my word for it was ‘dawn’ – in reality it was more of a sense of ‘through the dark to the dawn’….but that is slightly more than one word! 2019 was a tricky year for me in many ways, but there were treasures in the darkness. I am not going to expound…

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Persuasion 178 | Processing Creative Tensions – Christian Article

Pursuing the creative life in the digital age offers plenty of new opportunities and its fair share of challenges. The ease with which digital platforms allow us to reach our audience and share our work breaks down entry barriers that used to keep creators and makers isolated and unnoticed. But that easy access goes both ways—artists are now forced to install security measures for personal safety and carve out quiet spaces for proper development of their craft. In this episode…

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Dark Fate – Curious Christian – Christian Article

In honour of the release of Terminator: Dark Fate, here is some religiously themed Terminator art. I kind of like in a way that some of these images show the myth of redemptive violence (against enemies), that is on full display in the Terminator franchise, conflicts with the Christian understanding of redemption through faithful perseverance and enemy forgiveness even at the cost of one’s own life. Like this: Like Loading… Related This is Only a Snippet of a Christian Article…

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Movies Christians Watch – CrossTalk S4E1 – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | CrossTalk season 4 is finally here! I am so excited to release some of these great conversations I have, so you can be blessed by them as much as I have been! Today’s conversation is one I recorded with my friend Scott Elliott, who preaches in La Grange, Texas. I’ve entitled this episode, “Movies Christians Watch.” Scott wrote a blog post entitled, “Should Christians…

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CAPC Magazine Issue 2 of 2019: Illustrations – Christian Article

Letter from the Editor: Show Me What You Mean Don’t tell. Show. This is the cardinal rule of writing, a rule I was introduced to years ago at my first writers conference. It was scribbled across my writing samples by the reader assigned to review my articles. I also vaguely remember a snippet of explanation, something about my writing style feeling a bit like being pushed into the deep end of the pool instead of inviting readers to ease into…

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Let Fiction Help You Embrace Tension – Christian Article

I’m thankful for Christians doing the hard work of writing or promoting fiction. I think of fiction writers like Randy Alcorn, who challenges skepticism toward Christian fiction in this refreshing article. I think of non-fiction writers who choose to write novels—Jared C. Wilson, author of Otherworld, and Trevin Wax, author of Clear Winter Nights. Of course, I can’t fail to mention great works of literary criticism like Karen Swallow Prior’s On Reading Well. I’m hopeful these works will inspire not only an increased enthusiasm for reading…

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Art. What Is It Good For? – Christian Article

We hear a lot that art’s purpose is this or art’s purpose is that. We hear that art is meant for showing us God or poking holes in the hegemony or disturbing the viewer or making the world more beautiful—or that art is meant for the purpose of any one of a pile of other competing dogmas. (Usually this is because whoever is speaking has a tidy point to make either about a particular work or in order to prop…

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Serial Storytelling in a Culture of Immediacy – Christian Article

Every other Tuesday in Storied, K. B. Hoyle explores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. Being an older Millennial—or Xennial, as some people prefer—I clearly remember life before the internet, life during the rise of the internet, and now life that has become not only accustomed to the internet, but so intricately woven with it that younger generations can’t possibly imagine living without it. The Internet Age has given us many good gifts, but…

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Fosse/Verdon Recap: “Life Is a Cabaret” (Episode 1) – Christian Article

For eight weeks, FX is airing Fosse/Verdon, a limited series about iconic choreographer/director Bob Fosse and legendary dancer Gwen Verdon, his wife and creative partner. Besides being catnip for theater fans, their story raises thoughts and questions about love, art, sacrifice, exploitation, abuse, and other topics that are both timely and timeless. This series explores both the aesthetic aspects of the show and its handling of those topics. Shows and movies with strictly linear timelines have fallen somewhat out of…

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